/paks/ (say pahks)

Sir Henry, 1815–96, Australian politician, born in England; contributed much to Australian federation.
Henry Parkes worked as a bone and ivory turner before migrating with his wife to NSW in 1839. In Sydney he began contributing articles to the local press and drifted quickly into active politics. In 1850 he founded, and until 1858 edited, the Empire newsletter, which became a powerful mouthpiece for the liberal movement, for example, attacking some of the clauses of WC Wentworth's Constitution Bill. In 1854 Parkes won a seat in the Legislative Council, and in the era of responsible self-government, which began in 1856, was elected to the Legislative Assembly. He achieved ministerial office, as colonial secretary, in 1866, became premier in 1872 and subsequently served five times in that position, the last in 1889–91. Parkes' political guile, his ability and his skills as an orator made him a larger-than-life figure in 19th century Australian politics. His many achievements over a long career include the introduction of the system of public education and major reforms in the management of railways and public works. Parkes championed the cause of the uniting of the Australian colonies and was instrumental in its achievement, becoming known as one of the major `founding fathers'.
/paks/ (say pahks)

a town in eastern central NSW; radio telescope.
{named after Sir Henry Parkes1}
Parkes lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Wiradjuri people. Europeans were in the district from 1835, but there was little settlement until the discovery of gold in 1862. The initial rush was largely over by 1867, but the Bushman's goldmine, discovered in 1871, sparked an influx of 10 000 diggers and led to the area becoming one of the richest gold producers in NSW. Some goldmining continued until 1951. The radio telescope north of the town opened in 1961. In 1969 images of the first moon landing were relayed through here to television viewers around the word (a story told in the 2000 film The Dish); in 1981 the telescope enabled the first discovery of pulsar stars outside the Milky Way and it now forms a major link in the Australia Telescope's network of eight dishes. Parkes became an important transport centre with completion of the standard-gauge line from Sydney to Perth in 1969, a role that was further enhanced with the opening of the Inland Port road–rail interchange here in 1989.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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